- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says two scientists have identified a new species of microscopic algae in state rivers.

The algae, named Didymosphenia hullii (Dihd-ee-mahs-fee-nee-ya HEW-lee), was discovered by Three Rivers Community College Professor Diba Khan-Bureau and DEEP Fisheries Biologist Mike Beauchene.

The finding was recently published in the European Journal of Phycology.

The state says the algae belong to a group that is known as “rock snot” because of the sticky mats they form on river rocks.

The algae were first found in Connecticut in March 2011, when a fisherman reported seeing a small tuft of it in the West Branch of the Farmington River in Barkhamsted.

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